By Chris Pittman
So, I don't think I have to say how I felt today when I read that Emperor Fenty is planning to present the Redskins with a proposal to return to The District and build a 100,000 seating dome on RFK (our current stadium). This was rumored to happen quite awhile ago, it's just that I think most fans (both United and Redskins) assumed that D.C. United's future would be resolved before anything was made official. Ahh how naive we all are.
To be honest when you step back and think about it, none of this is all that surprising. I mean look at the decisions Fenty has made in every dept. since taking office. He's sort of what I would call a leap frogger. He not only thinks ten steps ahead, but he (in most cases) just skips the nine in between so as to seem that he's getting alot done, when in actuality he's getting nothing done. It's not a bad political technique, I mean the guy did win every ward running on that policy. You have to give it to the guy, he's ambitious and he wants to change things. Whether he's going about it in the right or wrong manner has yet to be seen.
To come back to the point, Fenty lied to us. And Yes, I know all politicians lie, it's an obvious fact, but very rarely do politicians have the guts to do it so blatantly as Adrian Fenty did. He stood there in front of 26,000 people and petitioned for our vote in the promise that he would make a United stadium at Poplar Point a priority. This was said not only for the sake of the team, but also for the sake of the residents of Ward 8. He's a smart guy (I think). He knows what a development with a stadium will do for that ward. He knows that not only is it beneficial for United to stay within The District, it's also better for the District itself. He stood there, made his speech and stole the hearts of every United fan and Ward 8 resident in attendance.
Now nearly a year later and still no decision on Poplar Point after terminating direct talks with United six months ago Adrian Fenty is beginning to court Dan Snyder in hopes that they can build a stadium on top of ours. I am disgusted, and I say that being a lifelong Redskins fan. It's no secret that if the Redskins were to consider coming back to the district it would take alot of public money to make it happen. Snyder will not leave a 10 year old stadium unless The District shows him the money.
Didn't we offer to pay for our stadium in full? This is an un-even game of leap frog, and I'm afraid we're about to get hopped over.